This was my daughter’s weekend project. She decided that her homework had to come before my blog, so I’m writing about it for her. Have you seen all the dip dyed hair on Pinterest? Some people are even using multiple colors of Koolaid to dye the ends of their hair into a rainbow of colors. My daughter loves how it looks. Instead of trying it on her hair, she thought she’d try it on a pair of jeans shorts first. And instead of using dye, she used bleach, so I guess it’s really dip bleached, not dip dyed. The first thing she did was pour bleach into a tupperware container. She used straight bleach. If you try this, you might want to do this outside or open the windows. The fumes were pretty bad. Then she just dipped the bottom of her shorts into the bleach and laid them out to dry on newspaper. This is how they looked:

back of bleached shorts

front of bleached shorts round one

Once the shorts dried, she decided that the line across the front wasn’t as even as she wanted, so she dipped them in bleach again. This time she paid more attention to the front of the shorts and made sure that they were evenly submersed in the bleach.

dipping in bleach

dipping in bleach

Round two of bleaching made the shorts even lighter on the bottom. The front line cleaned up a lot, too. I like the jagged line between the jeans color and the bleached out color. Once the shorts dried the second time, she washed them (alone). She thinks she’ll wear these a lot this summer.

bleached shorts front

bleached shorts back

bleached shorts side

Don’t these look cute? I love that she found a new way to wear something old. Have you dipped any of your clothes?

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11 Responses to Bleach Dipped Jeans Shorts

  1. Sky says:

    Very cute! She did a great job! My own short would of course be longer 😉 but I’d like to try this! I wonder if a spray bottle of bleach would work? Thanks for sharing!

    • Betsy says:

      Haha, yes, my shorts would be longer, too! I think a spray bottle would have a different effect, probably more splotchy. I’d love to see how they turn out if you try it!

  2. Natalie says:

    Super cute! I’d love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins!


  3. SUPER CUTE!! Love this idea. Might have to try it first on an old pair I have :) Thanks for linking up this week!

  4. Can I just tell you what a flashback this is for me? They are adorable and I love that they are back in style again! So fun!

  5. Shiloh says:

    I love these! I have never had much success with bleach, so I’m very impressed.:)

  6. Laura says:

    A tip for cool bleach designs: use a clorox bleach gel pen to make designs on your jeans, shirts, or whatever you wish (make sure to put a plastic craft board or a garbage bag between layers if you only want the design on one side). Let the gel dry then wash item by itself before wearing.

  7. What a fun idea! I love anything denim and I love dip dying so this is a great take on those two!

  8. Brittyn says:

    how long did she keep the shorts dipped in the bleach before laying them on the newspaper to dry?

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